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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 158163
Last updated: 12 November 2019
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Date:27-FEB-1939
Time:day
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk I
Owner/operator:114 (Hong Kong) Squadron Royal Air Force (114 (Hong Kong) Sqn RAF)
Registration: L1099
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near RAF Wyton, Huntingdonshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Wyton, Huntingdonshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Bristol Blenheim I L1099 of 114 Squadron RAF: written off (destroyed) 27.2.39 when engine failed on take-off, aircraft hit tree, and spun into ground at RAF Wyton, Huntingdonshire. All three crew killed:
Crew:
Flying Officer Wilfred Maurice Lupton (pilot, aged 26)
Sgt Charles Maurice Belshan (aged 29)
AC1 George Noll Hopley (aged 24)

According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (March 9. 1939 page 255 - see link #6):

"FLYING ACCIDENTS
THE Air Ministry regrets to announce the following accident:
F/O Wilfred Maurice Lupton (pilot), Sgt. Charles Morris Belshan, and A/C.1 George Noll Hopley lost their lives in an accident which occurred at Wyton, Huntingdonshire, on February 27, to an aircraft of No. 114 (Bomber) Squadron."

According to a contemporary newspaper article (Dundee Courier Angus, Scotland 28 February 1939):

THREE LOSE LIVES IN BOMBER BLAZE
RESCUERS AT BAY

Three men lost their lives when an R.A.F. machine of No. 114 Bomber Squadron crashed and burst into flames yesterday at Wyton, Huntingdonshire. They were: Flying-Officer Wilfred Maurice Lupton, the pilot; Sergt. Charles Maurice Belshan"

Sources:

1. Air-Britain Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1983)
2. The Bristol Blenheim (Warner)
3. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939.htm
4. http://aircrewremembered.com/blenheim-test.html
5. https://www.genesreunited.co.uk/searchbna/results?memberlastsubclass=none&searchhistorykey=0&keywords=wilfred%20machin&county=angus%2C%20scotland&from=1930&to=1939
6. https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1939/1939%20-%200717.PDF


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Aug-2013 07:02 JINX Added
10-Oct-2013 06:05 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
14-Nov-2013 09:18 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
17-Nov-2013 05:21 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
18-Dec-2013 18:18 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
15-Dec-2014 10:41 Unites Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
05-Jan-2016 05:15 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
07-Jan-2016 20:23 Apen Updated [Operator]
11-Feb-2016 17:57 MrBean1941 Updated [Source, Narrative]
26-Jan-2018 21:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Jan-2018 21:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
24-Mar-2018 22:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Sep-2018 09:27 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative, Operator]

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